Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations
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Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations

Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Agnes Batory, Andrew Cartwright and Diane Stone

Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations takes a policy studies perspective in considering post-communist EU member states’ experiences since accession. The book analyses policy transfer processes and expands the new and growing sub-field of policy failure by interrogating the binary ideas of ‘failure’ and ‘success’ in the context of the Central Eastern European (CEE) transition, democratic consolidation and European Union membership.
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Chapter 10: Reforming through borrowing and learning: Easy, but so terribly difficult

B. Guy Peters


The political appeal of policy transfer is obvious. The attempts to diffuse the ideas of the new public management have offered a useful laboratory for learning about large-scale policy diffusion, but the lessons do not appear to have been learned as well as they might. These ideas were tried in many Central and Eastern European countries, but with, at best, minimal success. Building on previous chapters, this chapter provides a summary of how to learn from the experiences of other countries, and how to borrow in the context of the intersecting processes of experimentation and indigenization.

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